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Fight Club [Paperback]

Chuck Palahniuk
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2 Oct 1997
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (2 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099765217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099765219
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chuck Palahniuk's nine novels are the bestselling Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg. He is also the author of the non-fiction profile of Portland Fugitives and Refugees and the non-fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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"Hypnotic, pitiless and told brilliantly" (Bret Easton Ellis)

"An outrageously suspenseful apocalyptic comedy of horrors...with acid clarity...Fight Club only achieves something only terrifying books do - it tells us: this is how we live now. Maybe our generation has finally found its Don DeLillo" (Bret Easton Ellis)

"Like a noxious Doug Coupland, Palahiuk charts new-felt and totally contemporary categories of despair" (Ali Smith Guardian)

"An immensely skillful writer" (Daily Telegraph)

"Short, sharp and savage, this haunting and strikingly original American urban nightmare is the most impressive US fiction début I can remember in years" (Glasgow Herald)

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Chuck Palahniuk's subversive, savagely funny debut - the story which defined a generation.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond great 5 Feb 2009
I would venture to say that years from now critics and everyone else will place Chuck Palahniuk along with other greats. He's really come up with a new genre, and one that is far edgier than anything that has come before. While he probably owes a debt of gratitude to William Burroughs, Hunter Thompson, and even Vonnegut, he's really in a class by himself.

A few things make this book like no other: First, it is extremely violent (think CLOCKWORK ORANGE) only with more focus and drive. Also a different type of violence. Second, it has one heck of a plot--something a lot of "new age" books don't, or even classics for that matter. The idea for the novel is mind-bending on so many levels that there's simply not enough space to go into it here. Suffice it to say that if you read if for the surface story you won't be disappointed, but if you want to dig more and really get into the psychological implications that this book proposes, subtly, then you have quite a lot to ponder.

Our protagonist in this first-rate book is named Jack and he's a sort of everyman, though with a new twist. He hates his job (who doesn't?) and is one messed up guy. Jack meets Tyler (Durden), who makes soap and a lot more, if you know what I mean. Between these two guys, they develop a "fight club" so that other frustrated men can be the heck out of each other, releasing their tensions, macho-bonding, and just about everything else you could throw into the mix. The novel develops a little slowly at first, but by two thirds of the way into it, you'll be hooked and wanting to know what happens to the characters. The ending is like no other and no spoilers will be placed here--you'll just have to read it.

One other notable point is that the movie follows the book pretty much on cue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Loved Loved.. It 1 Nov 2007
A fist full of teeth and bleedoing gums all set in a literary backdrop that will make you squirm as you read it. Get a copy of this better than the film, and I thought the film was fantastic.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Like many, I had heard of the book "Fight Club" after seeing the movie. As soon as I found out that it was based on a novel, I remember thinking to myself;
How could this be a book?
Is that even possible?
The movie alone was so unbelievable that if it were done wrong, it would've been a horrible mess. But it was done just right, and the results were amazing.
One of my friends had read the book and told me on many occasions, "You've got to read the book." I told him that I've already seen the movie, and again, he says to me, "You've got to read the book. It's great, and it's actually different from the movie in a lot of parts."
That worried me, because I absolutely LOVED the movie. It's one of my favorites. I remember trying to read a book that another one of my favourite movies, "The Fan," was based on, and it was not an enjoyable experience. The book was COMPLETELY different from the movie, and not in a good way. I ended up never finishing it.
So, I was hesitant at first, but about a year or two ago I decided to give it a shot. And am I ever glad that I did. "Fight Club" is an outstanding novel. The writing is so refreshing and shows us the mind of a promising new author, Chuck Palahniuk. This was his very first novel, and I found that so amazing. Because this was one incredible debut. I have read plenty of novels all from different kinds of authors, but I have NEVER read a debut as incredible or impressive as this.
To give you a brief idea of what the book is about without giving away too much is it revolves around the narrator, an insomniac who can't get a grip on his life. With insomnia everything is a distraction. He can't focus on his job, he can't focus on people, and most of all, he can't focus on his life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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If you are one of the unfortunate people who avoided the film or book because of the "action-movie" sounding title, or uproar over the violence, look closer. What you will find is a towering new talent, a deeply thought out philosophy of the wrongs of modern consumerism. If you enjoyed the films' style, there's lots more of the same in here, and it even makes the film more enjoyable to watch afterwards. A must have
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pure moment of perfection 18 May 2011
By Nina
Strangely enough I have never watched the movie, but thought that I should check out what all the fuss was about by reading the book. It is not possible to stress I LOVED IT strongly enough! It was hard to believe that such a relatively short and fast paced book could turn into such a fulfilling powerful experience.
The best for me is that this book has something for everyone; interesting characters, powerful good writing, amazing plot, strong images and great depth. You are taken on a journey with this book and it is your choice whether you wish to be liberated through the core violence or carried away in the underlying existential sentiment.
It is one of those books that demand a second reading together with a pen and notebook.

"One minute was enough, Tyler said, a person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection."

Perfection achieved
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fight club
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Published 7 days ago by Lorraine Brzezicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius story!
Very similar to the film that the book inspired however if you are a big fan of the Movie I would definetely recomend reading the book for a different take on many many areas of... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Valley Boy
3.0 out of 5 stars I think I would have disliked it if i couldn't see the film in my ...
I'm not sure if it's just because I've seen the film so many times, but this wasn't as evocative as the film. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Lauren James
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't just go andwatch the movie
It's not a book, it's a manifesto! Read it! Don't just go and watch the movie, read this! It's brilliantly written, wry, relentless, a proper addiction!
Published 18 days ago by Dimitra Batsiou
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love this author; brilliant shock ending although if I think back it makes sense, I'm surprised I didn't see it coming
Very gritty and realistic
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as you think
You all know by now that this is a good book, so this review is pointless. It's great, read it if you haven't, read it again if you have.
Published 1 month ago by Rich Spalding
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT !
great book
Published 1 month ago by HellMaster
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the film so I thought I'd give it a ...
I love the film so I thought I'd give it a read. It's good but I wish I'd read it before I'd watched the film.
Published 1 month ago by Cool Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars Fightclub
An indulgent, sociopathic, masochistic indulgence...if you're into that kind of thing...I didn't enjoy reading it, but I kept turning the pages.
Published 2 months ago by SuzieMay
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
Loved this. You can really visualise the film - loved that its different from the film as well, especially the ending and a few important details too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura82
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